High School Sports

Mistakes haunt West Harrison against South Jones

West Harrison coach Tracy Rogers
West Harrison coach Tracy Rogers Sun Herald file

South Jones capitalized on West Harrison turnovers and cruised to a 42-12 victory Friday night.

Running back Ricky Boleware led the Braves (2-1) with 178 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just 15 carries. He had 115 yards and two scores at halftime. Quarterback John Mitchell scored from two yards out and also hit Kameron Flowers on a 23-yard TD connection.

“It was a good night for us,” Boleware said. “I have to give credit to the offensive line. They opened up the holes and I ran through them. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

South Jones took advantage of two Hurricanes' punt teams miscues for a 21-0 first quarter lead. Mitchell's two-yard TD run, Boleware's 39-yard TD run and Flowers' 23-yard TD reception were the Braves' points.

Fifteen seconds into the second period, Boleware's 12 yard TD run extended the Braves' lead to 28-0 at halftime.

“We came out and took care of things in the first half, I’m proud of them,” South Jones coach Cory Reynolds said. “We came out and had a good game.”

West Harrison scored two quick second-half touchdowns to close within 28-12 with 11 minutes left. Joseph Miller scored on a 55 yard TD run, followed by Ahmad Gage’s 48-yard TD run.

South Jones, however, ended the Hurricanes’ comeback hopes on Boleware’s 52-yard TD run with five minutes left.

Two minutes later, the Mustangs closed the game’s scoring on Jacob Pigford’s 15 yard TD run.

The Hurricanes (1-2) have lost two straight and played without regular starting quarterback Dayln Anderson, who was suspended. Gage, who started at quarterback, led the Mustangs with 104 yards rushing. Miller had 94 yards rushing.

“We had a few bad breaks, but we came together as a team,” Hurricanes coach Tracy Rogers said.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones